Ray Allen hit 5-of-6 from downtown as Rajon Rondo produced all around for the Boston Celtics to send Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat home packing to watch the rest of the 2010 NBA playoffs from their living rooms. The 96-86 victory concluded the first five-game series won by head coach Doc Rivers. The C’s will move on to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals where LeBron James and the top ranked Cleveland Cavaliers will be waiting. Boston last saw Cleveland in the second round in 2008 en route to their 17th league Championship.
“I think it’s a great matchup. It’s great for basketball – such a classic series,” said captain Paul Pierce. “They’re the team to beat right now. They showed it through the course of the season the way they played. We know this is going to be a tough series, another really, really tough series.”
The Celtics found themselves up ten at the half. Miami took control in the third before Boston regained their composure down the stretch. Allen led the scoring campaign with 24 points as Peirce finished with 21. Rondo controlled the tempo with 16 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds. Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins owned the inside game with a combined 22 points and 14 boards.
Both Celtics and Cavs are set to rest for a few days before Game 1 at the Quicken Loans Arena this weekend. After handling the Chicago Bulls in five games, Cleveland is anxious and aware in regards to what they’re up against in round 2. “A lot of people are saying they’re too old, but we know they’re going to come out and give us their best shot,” said Antawn Jamison. “It’s going to be a hard-fought series. It should be fun.” Celtics vs. Cavaliers playoff tickets are available now!
LeBron James produced quite the stat line yesterday to help his Cleveland Cavaliers claim victory over the Orlando Magic 115-106 on their home court. Along with his 32 points, James was able to collect eight rebounds, 13 assists and two steals. The league’s hottest team has now won 13 straight, improving their home record to an impressive 24-3.
Dwight Howard led the Magic with 19 points and 11 rebounds, mostly produced when the other ‘Superman,’ Shaquille O’Neal was sidelined due to foul trouble. Shaq came up with 10 points and six rebounds in just 19 minutes played.
O’Neal later decided to take a few shots at Howard after the game, saying “I don’t really consider it manning up until you play me straight up. I’ve never doubled anybody. So you tell me who the real Superman is.” The Magic will next take on the Detroit Pistons after the NBA All-Star break on Wednesday, February 17th as the Cavaliers play host to the Denver Nuggets the following day.
LeBron James took control at point guard and racked up 36 points and eight assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers went on to coast past the Miami Heat 102-86 last night at the Quicken Loans Arena. With Delonte West and Mo Williams sidelined along with Daniel Gibson’s first quarter absence due to family matters, James was easily able to come in and play floor general for the Cavs to extend their win streak to 10.
“I knew I was going to have the ball in my hands a lot because I was the starting point guard or point forward, whatever you want to call it,” said James. “Like Magic (Johnson). I can go coast to coast and do a lot of things with the ball that point guards in this league can’t do.”
Dwayne Wade led Miami in scoring as always with 24 points. LeBron has now defeated Wade in 13 of 22 total career matchups. “This team is just better than us,” said Wade. “You have to be realistic. I understand this team has NBA championship aspirations. We don’t have that. We’re focusing on trying to get to the playoffs and this team is trying to get to the championship. It’s totally different.” The Cavs are set to host the New York Knicks tomorrow night as the Heat travel north to face the Chicago Bulls.
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